An iButton is a stainless steel container about the size of a dime that holds an electronic chip with a unique ID number. The container is attached to a plastic holder about the size of a house key and designed to fit on a key ring. They are extremely rugged and waterproof. See our iButton page for more.
When you touch an iButton to a CrossOver lock, the lock reads the ID number on the chip inside the iButton and checks its database to see if that iButton has been given access on that day and at that time. If it has, the lock unlocks. If it hasn't, it doesn't.
The CrossOver X45 is used with the AccessPilot software for Windows. After you set up your iButtons and locks in the software on your PC, you transfer the information to each lock by saving the info to a special yellow Program iButton that contains a memory chip. Then you just touch the iButton to each lock to transfer the information.
The lock is designed to handle 10,000 operations (unlock, lock, etc.) before the batteries need replacing. The lock will warn you when its batteries get low—the red LED will light up and it will beep three times—but to be on the safe side, we suggest replacing the four alkaline AA batteries every six months.
The X45 ships with standard keys that can be used in an emergency. (Be sure not to store these keys inside the room the lock is protecting!)
The short answer is "maybe." The software was written to run on Windows, and we've only tested it on Windows machines. It might run on a Mac that's running Apple Boot Camp plus Windows or virtualization software such as VMWare Fusion or Parallels plus Windows, but we haven't tested it and can't support it because we can't help you very much if you have problems. (We're a Windows-based company.)
Absolutely. Here are some of the things you can do with a CrossOver lock:
Yes. There's a red LED (light) in the center of the probe that you touch with your iButton to open the lock. You can set that LED to blink so it's easier to see where to touch your iButton. This is especially helpful for people who don't see well in low light. CrossOver locks have the added benefit of not requiring a user to twist a key, like ordinary locks. To unlock and open a door, all you need to do is touch your iButton to the probe and push the handle down. The X45 meets ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards.
No. The locks fit on a standard door (drilling templates are provided), so anyone who is reasonably handy can install them. There's no wiring to run and the first time you run the software, you're guided step-by-step through the setup process, with help at every point.
Just change the batteries every six months, That's it.
The X45 would be a good choice. It's heavy duty and can handle from 0° F. to 120° F. (-17° C.to 48° C.)